Indiana, Ohio, and the Midwest at-large are not locales that are easily associated with romance and teeming nightlife. The landlocked Hoosier State features homogenous topography, alongside Rust Belt cities that have been decimated by the decline of manufacturing. Still, veterans of Midwest travel will always recognize Chicago, The Indiana Dunes, and Indianapolis’ South Meridian Street as regional hotbeds for nightlife.
The Ohio River
In terms of river travel, singles must navigate towards the Ohio River for leisure at Indiana’s southern border. The 981-mile long Ohio River is the largest and most significant tributary to the Mighty Mississippi and is remarkable for its beauty and significance to U.S. History.
Pittsburgh, Evansville, Louisville, and Cincinnati are all important cities that have emerged from Ohio River trade. Indiana natives will discover that Cincinnati represents the best gateway to the Ohio River for singles and young professionals.
The U.S. Census estimates Cincinnati’s 2006 population at 332,252 – with a combined statistical (metropolitan) area of 2,133,678. The numbers highlight the fact that The Queen City is one shade below Pittsburgh as the Ohio River Valley’s top city. Personally, I have found Cincinnati to be one of the most underrated U.S. cities in terms of natural aesthetics. The area is notable for rolling hills, lush foliage, and of course, The Ohio River.
Things to Do for Singles
Forbes Magazine ranks Cincinnati as the 38th best city for singles in America. Although this result is far from stellar, Cincy is the most ideal combination of value and location as a gateway to the Ohio River.
Singles can always choose to take in a ballgame, tour Fountain Square, enjoy concerts at Sawyer Point, or patronize the shops and restaurants of downtown Cincinnati and the CUF neighborhood at the University of Cincinnati. Visitors to the area must also recognize Newport, Kentucky as a key enclave for entertainment.
The Ohio River is the focal point for all things Cincinnati. The 1996 Central Riverfront Master Plan was implemented to design stadiums for the Reds and Bengals and establish a “central riverfront, which would capitalize on the major public investment.” Certainly, the riverboat party is a must do event for all singles descending upon Cincinnati to experience the skyline views and tranquil waters.
Iconic Cincinnati riverboats are always set to launch off Sawyer Point or at the eponymous Riverboat Row in Covington – Newport, Kentucky.
Travel Packages and Costs
Visitors to Cincinnati must match the Ohio River cruise to their particular tastes. Further, various social, business, and civic organizations located at Hamilton County, Ohio and Northern Kentucky are privy to rent out riverboats to host events. B&B, Celebrations, Queen City, and Satisfaction Yacht Charter Services all offer tailor made packages to suit the needs of singles and groups.
B&B Riverboats depart from Newport, Kentucky and offers dining cruises beginning at $38.95 from 7-9:30 p.m. Of course, more adventurous revelers will elect to take specialty cruises to Louisville or even New Orleans. Singles should be sure to set a date and book reservations as soon as possible by calling 1-800-261-8586.
Although Cincinnati is roughly 250 miles from all points Indiana, Hoosiers should take care to find lodging at the Charm City. The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza offers top-shelf AAA Four-Diamond Service and offers rooms from $132 per night downtown.
Budget conscious travelers will prefer the La Quinta Inn – Cincinnati North. La Quinta is offering rates from $55 at 12150 Springfield Pike in Springdale, Ohio.
Again, Cincinnati is within 250 miles of all points Indiana. Hoosiers will arrive at Central Indianapolis via I-65, I-70, or I-69. Singles will then pick up I-74 / 465 East at the outskirts of Indianapolis. I-74 leaves 465 outside of the city, with control signage that reads “Cincinnati.” Cincinnati is 100 miles east of Indy.
The Cincinnati metropolitan area is growing towards the Indiana – Ohio border and drivers will look to merge quickly onto I-75 South “Lexington,” within 15 miles of entering the Buckeye State. I-75 carries traffic directly into the Riverfront via the downtown exits.